After receiving considerable opposition from Ohio City businesses and residents regarding the permanent closure of the West 28th Street on-ramp, the city of Cleveland and ODOT began working together to identify what safety improvements could be made that would allow the on-ramp to remain open.
The following improvements were made to allow the West 28th Street on-ramp to remain open:
- Lowered the concrete bridge railing along the West Shoreway near the West 28th Street on-ramp to improve sight lines for both the West Shoreway traffic and West 28th Street on-ramp traffic;
- Increased signing to warn all traffic of the merge conditions;
- Lowered the speed limit on the West Shoreway from 50 mph to 35 mph allowing for an easier merge conditions with mainline traffic;
- Improved the intersection and traffic signals at West 45th Street and Detroit Road to allow traffic to move easier from Detroit Road to the West Shoreway eastbound on-ramp;
- Increased the length of the acceleration lane at the West 45th Street on-ramp to the eastbound West Shoreway, which is a great alternate route to access the eastbound West Shoreway; and
- Improved pedestrian amenities such as sidewalks, lighting, signal timers, ADA-compliant curb ramps, wayfinding signs and flashing beacons on West 25th and West 28th streets.
The entire stretch of West Shoreway between Clifton Blvd. and the Main Avenue Bridge will soon be returning to three lanes in each direction, therefore the traditional merge at the West 28th Street entrance ramp to SR 2 east was reinstated.
The amount of traffic utilizing the West Shoreway would not allow ODOT and the City to permanently eliminate a through lane so that a dedicated merge lane from the West 28th Street on-ramp could be implemented. Unfortunately, we cannot keep the dedicated entrance lane once all three lanes reopen on the West Shoreway because the roadway isn’t wide enough.
Stay tuned for more specific information about when the West Shoreway will return to three lanes in each direction. You can learn more about the project and get updates online at www.lakefrontwest.transportation.ohio.gov